This short course gives students an industry relevant introduction to filmmaking. Novice filmmakers looking to hone their skills and take their film and production craftwork to the next level are encouraged to apply.
Students explore all aspects of filmmaking and professional development including camera operations, editing, producing, sound, scriptwriting and directing. All 6 units cover both film and TV production.
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COURSE DURATION: The course runs for 4 months
CREDITS: Contact hours for the course units will be an average of 12 credit hours per week.
CLASS HOURS: 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Weekdays) and 11:00am to 1:00pm (Saturdays)
Course In Depth
Course Unit Description
- Producing for Television I
- Directing for Television
- Production Design
- Advanced Television Production
- Sound for Film and Television
- Advanced Sound Design for Films
- Directing for Film
- Fundamentals of Cinematography
- Advanced Film Editing
- Designing and Producing Film Sets
- Designing and Producing Film Sets
- Producing for Television II
- Basics of Video Editing
- Television News Production
- Advanced Film Directing
- Script Writing for Film and Television
- Advanced Script Writing for Film & Television
- Business Skills and English Communication Skills
- Producing for Film
- Editing for Film
- Advanced Techniques of Camera Operations
- Advanced Cinematography
- Advanced Film Production
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to:
- Understand and practice the planning and management of film production Direct, capture and produce feature films, documentaries and drama
- Write scripts for commercials, films, and documentaries
- Operate broadcast equipment in a TV studio and the control room
- Edit video and films with high technical standards and artistic awareness Understand and apply sound design techniques, set design and lighting
Earning A Credential Regonized By Employers Worldwide
ADMI students gain a competitive edge over their peers by earning an Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification in:
- Video Communications using Adobe Premiere®Pro.
ADMI instructors prepare students to successfully pass these exams through a project-based curriculum that leverages Adobe Education learning resources, practice tests, and real-world applications.
To learn more about the certification exam visit:
From the outset, students have hands-on access to the latest equipment such as:
- Broadcast cameras
- Mobile TV studio
- Various types of microphones
- A virtual TV set
- Photography cameras
- Three computer labs with Macs and PCs
We have invested in cutting edge industry standard software to ensure that our students learn using the latest technology in the world. We have invested in the following software:
- Adobe creative suite
- Final cut
Our Video Production programme qualification is highly regarded in the industry and you students can be confident that this qualification will give them the expertise needed to excel in a variety of industry roles. Our graduates get equipped with the essential skills needed in both production and post-production.
Successful students have used this course as their first step to becoming:
- Film & TV Director
- Film & TV Producer
- Film & Video Editor
- Camera Operator
- Lighting Technician
- Independent Filmmaker
- Production Freelancer
Mbithi Masya is a Kenyan filmmaker, writer and artist. Mbithi has directed numerous short films, documentaries, commercials, music videos, and video installations. He is also a member of the Kenyan house/funk/disco band, Just A Band. In 2016, his film Kati Kati won the Toronto International Film Festival, for the FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) award .
In 2017 his widely acclaimed film Kati-Kati was selected as the Kenyan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.
Mara Brock Akil is an American screenwriter and producer. Brock Akil first began her career in 1994 writing for the critically acclaimed Fox series South Central. She has served as supervising producer and writer on The Jamie Foxx Show; and the creator and producer of Girlfriends and The Game. She served as a writer of Moesha, Cougar Town, Being Mary Jane.
She has won several awards including, 2005 BET Comdey Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for Girlfriends; 2012 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for The Game and 2016 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series for Being Mary Jane.
In 2017, Mara Brock Ali got the green-lit by The CW to create a pilot based off of DC Comics’ Black Lightening series that chronicles the adventures of a superhero with the ability to generate and control lightning.
How to apply
KCSE C- or above, with a C- or above in Kiswahili, English, Mathematics and at least one science subject OR A-levels with 2 principle passes.
Basic computer proficiency is required. Attach certificates to your application.
Each course has its own specific requirements. Please enquire from the administration what requirements apply to the course of your choice.
In order to study at ADMI, students are required to ensure they have the correct legal documentation. For international students, this includes obtaining the relevant student visa. Below are the guidelines to the international student visa application process.
Guide to Applying for an International Student Pass
ADMI is proud to attract students from around the world. This guide is designed to help international students understand how to apply for an international student visa in Kenya. While we do not process or pay for international student visas, we hope the following information makes the student pass application process as smooth as possible.
Please note: ADMI is legally required to inform the Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons Office when a student discontinues his/her studies at ADMI, regardless of the reason. As a result, if a student is dropped from their programme due to poor academic performance, poor attendance or indiscipline, ADMI will immediately inform the Immigration Office.
Step 1: International students apply to ADMI
- International students can apply to one of ADMI’s programmes online: http://africadigitalmedia.org/application-form/.
- Prior to applying to ADMI, please familiarise yourself with our international fee policies: http://africadigitalmedia.org/fees/.
Step 2: ADMI sends supporting documents for visa application
- Successful applicants receive a letter of admission.
- They will also receive a letter of support or a cover letter, addressed to the Director of Immigration, indicating the name and duration of the course to be studied – both new and renewal applications.
- Both of these letters will support international students in applying for their international student visa.
Step 3: Apply online for an International Student Visa
- Register at https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/, then log in at https://fns.immigration.go.ke/ and complete the application form (titled Form 30).
- Please note: incomplete applications will not be processed.
Step 4: ADMI Head of Academics or Principal signs/stamps completed form
- Print and fill out all details on Form 30 (student pass application form) from the following website: http://www.immigration.go.ke/downloads/Form-30-Application%20for%20Student%20Pass.pdf.
- Your completed form should then be scanned and emailed to ADMI at email@example.com, to be signed and stamped by our Principal or Head of Academics.
Step 5: Prepare all documents and attachments
- Collate the form and all necessary supporting documents, including:
- Signed commitment letter from the sponsor – both new and renewal cases
- National passport copy of the sponsor – both new and renewal cases
- Proof of funds for self-sponsored students – both new and renewal cases
- For minors, consent letter from the parent – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of parent’s national passport and copy of birth certificate of the minor should be attached as proof of relationship (for minors) – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of a valid national passport – both new and renewal cases (the bio-data page)
- Current immigration status for the pupil/student – both new and renewal cases (If already in the country)
- Two recent passport-size colour photos – both new and renewal cases
- Duly certified copies of basic academic certificates for those joining Tertiary Institutions and Universities – new cases only
- Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of the school’s/college registration certificate from the Ministry of Education – new cases only
- Clearance letter from Department of Refugee Affairs for refugees – both new and renewal cases
- Certified copies of progress report/transcripts obtained (by the issuing institution) – renewal cases only
- Copy of student’s pass previously held – renewal cases only
Step 6: Submit application to immigration offices
- Submit the complete form to immigration offices at Nyayo House, Alien Section, Counter Number 9 (full address below).
- Please note: Immigration might take up to two months to process your student pass or international student visa. If more than two months lapse, please follow up with the immigration office.
Step 7: Processing
- Once your application has been received, you will receive a notification via email. The email will state whether your application was rejected or received. If it has been received, processing should start immediately. You will be told to wait again. This might take around three weeks.
Step 8: Payment
- Once your applications have been approved, you will receive another notification. You should now log in to your portal and make a payment via M-pesa (Pay-Bill number 206206) or bank cheque (payable to PS Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government).
Step 9: Provide proof of payment
- Print out the approval letter and attach receipt payment. Take it to:
The Director of Immigration Services
Department of Immigration Offices
Nyayo House 9th Floor,
Kenyatta Avenue/Uhuru Highway
P.O Box 30191,000100 Nairobi
Tel: +254-20-2222022, +254-20-2217544, +254-20-2218833
- You will then be told to wait for the visa to be processed. This will take three weeks or so.
Step 10: Collection
- Once your Visa has been processed, you will receive a notification by email.
- Go back to immigration offices at Nyayo House, Department of Immigration offices Ground Floor Room 16 and collect your Visa. On the same day, you should register as an alien.
For more information, please visit https://fns.immigration.go.ke/infopack/passes/studentpass/.
Download Visa Requirements
Mark Wambui has been teaching Scriptwriting for Film at ADMI since 2013. He is currently a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow on the Business and Entrepreneurship Track, andi s also a Talents Durban Alumnus. In 2015, he was voted Filmmaker of the year in the African Youth Awards. Mark is also the founder and the Managing Director of Tuning Cinema in Africa (RECA). Mark holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the United States International University and has also received certificates from the University of Nevada (United States), the Academy for African Filmmakers, DW Akademie and the Columbia Global Centre.
Caroline Mbuthia is a scriptwriter and content developer. She has been with ADMI since May 2016, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Film and TV at Kenyatta University. She also holds a B.A in Psychology from Daystar University, a certificate in Filmmaking and screenwriting from Slingshot seminars, and a certificate in New Writing from the British Council with Lancaster University (UK). Previously, Caroline taught as a lecturer in scriptwriting and performing arts at the East Africa Media Institute. She worked as an HIV counsellor for two years and contributed to the content development of local HIV series ‘Siri’ in 2010. She has written and developed scripts for several local TV Productions, including ‘Auntie Boss’ and several others on Citizen, KBC and Startimes.
Ali Mwangola has 28 years’ industry experience and has worked on more than 23 feature films and 20 television commercials. He has held a variety of positions as a set dresser, set decorator, construction manager, assistant art director and location manager. Ali has been teaching production design at ADMI since 2015 and hopes to inspire the next generation of production designers in Kenya’s film industry. He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi and holds a BA (with honours) in Design.
Saum Idd is an experienced writer and storyteller. She has written successful films such as “September” and “Deceit”, which have been shown in festivals and gained recognition and nominations from ZIFF, DIFF and AMVCA. She is the Co-founder and General Manager of Re-tuning Cinema in Africa, and creates content for film and TV, brands and social causes. Alongside this, Saum runs education programmes to mentor and nurture young aspiring filmmakers. She started her career as a consulting scriptwriter at Chromatic Pictures Africa having worked on commercials and documentaries for clients such as GlaxoSmithKline and Farm Concern International. She has trained in Radio and TV production from Media Development in Africa and is a graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Technical University of Kenya.
June Ndinya Aaqib is an established Filmmaker and TV Director, who joined ADMI this year, where she teaches producing and directing for film. She has been involved in numerous TV productions, including Kona, Mali, Machachari and Redkorna. June is passionate about working with young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and she has trained young people in Kakuma and Daadab Refugee camps; this work resulted in the first youth-created refugee Drama series, Sandbox and Sandstorm.